Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year in Review and Looking Forward to 2012

So what did I do in 2011????  Well . . . .

Wow!!!  What a year.  I can not believe how much I have grown in quilting and how much Happy Quilting has grown.  Thank you to all of you amazing readers that have made this year so incredibly fun for me.  I just love making new friends through this amazing online community.

So now let's quickly review 2011.  On December 31, 2010 I listed some goals here of the things I wanted to accomplish with my quilting in 2011.  Now I get to see how I did :)

Goals for 2011

1 - Participate in a Bee  (which I have already signed up for but sometimes it is fun to write things that are easily checked off :)  Check - And I loved every minute of it.  So much so that I created  2 Bees for 2012
2 - Participate in a Swap  (I have never done this,  any suggestions on good ones would be appreciated :)  Check - I participated in the post-sewing Summit Swap and just signed up fot the Name Game Swap starting in 2012
3 - Learn how to Paper Piece  Semi Check - I did one Bee Block paper pieced and learned the basics, but I would like to learn a lot more.
4 - Learn how to Curve Piece  Semi Check - I took a class on improv piecing where I learned how to do gentle curves but i have yet to tackle some drunkard path type curves.
5 - Be a guest blogger on other sites.  (I have done this once at Stash Manicure and loved it) Major Check - I guest blogged quite a lot at several blogs and really had a lot of fun with it :)
6 - Make a pillow or 2  (I need to branch out a little and I sew love the Cathedral Window pattern) - Check - I made my first pillow cover for Fat Quarterly, but I still want to try and mke some more including the Cathedral Window :)
7 - Host a Quilt-A-Long  (a little scary, but I really think it would be fun, with a little stress mixed in, lol)
Check - I actually hosted 2 and I think both were very successful.   I need to start planning another one.
8 - Continue designing for the Moda Bake Shop  (I just love this so much, It is a definite keeper :)  (And since I already have a project lined up for January I can check this off the list, Yippee Skippee) - Major Check - Me and the Moda Bake Shop are great friends, and I just love seeing your versions of my designs.  
9 - Use up more of my ever growing Stash.  I can't believe how quickly it is growing :) - Negative Check - It has probably doubled or more in size :)
10 - Last but not least, and I waited for last to write it because it scares the pants off of me. . . . Get a design published in a magazine.  (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can :) - Semi Check - If you have read this far you now get in on a little secret.  I have a quilt pattern that will be published in a magazine in spring 2012.  Squeal!!!!  So it wasn't quite in 2011, but all the work was done then.  If I knew how long the process took I would have started earlier in the year :)

So all in all, I am feeling pretty great about the Quilting year of 2011. It has been such an amazing ride.  And so now let's look forward to 2012.  I am so excited for 2012 in Quilting.  I have a few things that I am just so excited about that are already in the works and a few secrets that I just can't wait to share.  So let's get to some goals for where I hope 2012 quilting will take me :)

1 - Create some form of a blog hop.  These are always so much fun and I think I can figure out how to run one :)
2 - Host 2 more Quilt-A-Longs, at least.  I so loved having so many amazing quilter's sewing right a-long with me.  I really want to make sure I leave time to do that again.
3 - Work on some of those Semi-checks from 2011 ie . . .curved piecing, paper piecing, and pillows
4 - Write some more patterns.  I have several planned but plans don't always equal product :)
5 - Make some videos on free motion quilting.  I just have to get over the fear of my voice on tape.
6 - Teach a class.  Doesn't matter where, or to how many to ,preferably fewer, as the idea sort of scares and excites me at the same time.
7 - Start teaching my daughter to quilt.  She is starting to show some interest and I want to make sure I set some time aside for her.
8 - Design and create for my family.  Is it crazy that I made so many quilts in a year and only 1 of my children have a quilt I made for them on their bed??  (Although I have 2 in progress :)  I want to focus on making these works of love for the people I love.
9 - Make Christmas Stockings for my family.  Now that we know our family is not going to grow anymore I have no excuse not to make us a matching set of stockings.
10 - Keep Balance!!!!  I want to really try to make sure I am on top of things enough to keep quilting time to nap time and bed time so that it doesn't interfere with family time.

So here it goes!!!  Bring on 2012!!!! I can't wait!!!!!
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  1. Sounds wonderful! You sure were busy this past year!

  2. Don't know how you did it all and had a beautiful baby as well.
    Happy 2012 to you Melissa and all your loved ones.

  3. What a busy gal you are! Congrats on your goals!! Happy and productive new year!!

  4. WOW you have been busy,I see some of your goals and thank what are my goals,this will take some time to thank about. Have a Happy New Year.jinnie

  5. Congratulations on being about-to-be-published! Yay for you!

  6. So much lovely quilting this year! You're invited to join our year-end link party at Please join us if you'd like!

  7. You know how to get things done!!! Happy New Year!

  8. Congratulations on an amazingly productive year!
    It sounds as if you'll keep that momentum through 2012! Congrats on the soon-to-be-published pattern! You sew, girl!

  9. are an amazing woman with a super talent and sooooo productive. Your heart is in the right place with your family time being so important! Best wishes to you in the new year!

  10. Congratulations! I can't wait for the spring to see your magazine debut. It sounds like you had a great year. I'm sure you will be even more successful in 2012.

  11. Aw, the publication counts! It usually takes a bit after being accepted to get it on paper. I have a book chapter coming out early next year that I started two years ago :) It just takes a long, long time sometimes!

  12. Oooo you have inspired me, I am going to do a similar list of the things I would like to achieve sewing-wise in 2012 (and the first two are the same as yorus were last year!).... here goes x

    Congratulations on being published in a magazine, I will watch this space for further details.

    Happy New Year x

  13. I am not sure how I missed this post, but CONGRATULATIONS on reaching and exceeding so many of your goals!! You rock! I am SO excited to see this magazine in the spring!! Yay!!


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